The balteus: introduction

The balteus or cingulum was the military belt, a required item of equipment and iin various kinds and forms. In in this article it is introduced and described (full version is available in the Italian Section). This page instead contains the changes and the innovations (towards the original) that will be introduced from time to time. The original and full version is written by Matthew Amt, and is available here.

On Roman Numismatic Gallery you can find many photos and figures that represent archeological finds of balteus, here it is the link: Roman Military Equipment: Cingulum and Balteus.

Le parti che compongono un balteusGraphical schematization of a typical balteus



  • (02/16/2002) Translation and web pagination
  • (08/19/2012) Upgrade of the translation at the 3/25/10 version